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Vick to Mora: ‘There Was Nothing You Could Do, Jim’ - TomBradyMVP12 - 10-04-2010 11:08 AM
Vick to Mora: ‘There Was Nothing You Could Do, Jim’
The big news involving Michael Vick on Sunday were his injuries, which threaten to derail his storybook season.
But before the Eagles-Redskins game, the NFL Network showed Vick’s sit-down interview with Jim Mora, his former coach in Atlanta.
Vick was direct and unsparing — no excuses. Some excerpts:
“My whole life was a lie, Jim. Everything from A to Z.” – Vick
“I think about it a lot, Coach. I was selfish in some aspects. I didn’t dedicate myself. I didn’t listen. [You were] only trying to help me in so many ways. And I was just young. I can’t blame myself for that, neither. I can’t put 100 percent of the blame on me being young, because I was 25, 26 years old then. So you’re old enough to make rational decisions for yourself.” – Vick, when asked by Mora if he was conned by him
“My life has just changed drastically. When I sat in prison in Leavenworth, I was thinking, ‘How do I want to live my life moving forward? How do I want to change things? What can I do better this time around?’” – Vick
“Under the circumstances, it wasn’t hard at all because of everything that transpired and how it went down. It was the same thing, year in and year out. It wasn’t my play on the field, it was off the field. I’m tired of going through it, Jim. I’m tired of it.” – Vick on if it was difficult cutting out the bad influences in his life
“Hey, man, I’m Mike Vick, what’s the worst thing that can happen to me?” – Vick on whether he considered how much trouble he could get into
“The DVDs used to pile up in my car.” – Vick on not watching any extra film when he was Mora’s quarterback in Atlanta
“What could I have done? I was your head coach and I thought we were pretty close. What could I have done? Could I have done something? Did I miss something?” – Mora
“There was nothing you could do, Jim. The best thing for me that ever happened in my life up to this point, as crazy as it may sound, was me getting shipped off to Kansas because other than that, I wasn’t going to change. I wasn’t going to change, I wasn’t going to get all the people away from me that were leeches and wanted to be around. I wasn’t going to stop fighting dogs. At some point, someone could’ve gotten hurt. It was pointless. My mom tried to tell me and it went in one ear and out the other. There was nothing nobody could have done to change my situation but the man upstairs who was seeing this and said, ‘Listen, before this goes any further, I’m going to have to take all this away from you for a while and you’re going to have to get your priorities in order. But you’re going to have to sit over there to get it done’ and that’s what happened.” -Vick
“Donovan had a lot of influence. He always made sure I was with him for the first three weeks when I first got [to Philadelphia]. He’s an early bird. He’s here at 6:55 am, lifting weights and watching film, and I just got into that routine. He was very influential in that process and I’m very grateful for it.” – Vick on former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb’s influence on him.
Click the link you can watch the interview on NFL.com.
RE: Vick to Mora: ‘There Was Nothing You Could Do, Jim’ - The Falcon Jedi - 10-04-2010 11:10 AM
RE: Vick to Mora: ‘There Was Nothing You Could Do, Jim’ - Paulitik - 10-04-2010 11:12 AM
I know it shouldn't, but man this pisses me off. If he had just made an effort, we might have had a Superbowl.
RE: Vick to Mora: ‘There Was Nothing You Could Do, Jim’ - The Falcon Jedi - 10-04-2010 11:13 AM
Biggest waste of $130 Million in the history of sports
RE: Vick to Mora: ‘There Was Nothing You Could Do, Jim’ - keithbrooking56 - 10-04-2010 11:14 AM
This is why my hatred of Vick goes beyond what he did to dogs. He flat out conned the fans and the team and there is no way of knowing how great he could have been had he truly applied himself. Why anyone who calls themselves a Falcons can could have ANY sympathy or good will for that piece of trash is beyond me.
RE: Vick to Mora: ‘There Was Nothing You Could Do, Jim’ - Gritz - 10-04-2010 11:17 AM
Vick just wasn't going to succeed in Atlanta.....It was the Perfect Storm in a lot of ways....You had a relatively new owner and a first-time head coach who were so dazzled by his (Vick's) talents that they gave him too much rope......
and he hung himself.....and apparently some dogs too.
I'm happy for Vick and his family that he was fortunate enough to meet a class act like Donovan McNabb and learn some good habits from him.
RE: Vick to Mora: ‘There Was Nothing You Could Do, Jim’ - The Falcon Jedi - 10-04-2010 11:17 AM
>>“The DVDs used to pile up in my car.” – Vick on not watching any extra film when he was Mora’s quarterback in Atlanta<<
I started to get the hint that he was a slacker when we had Matt Schaub staying late every practice throwing to Roddy and Jenkins instead of Vick staying late throwing.
Vick single-handedly nearly destroyed Roddy White's career.
RE: Vick to Mora: ‘There Was Nothing You Could Do, Jim’ - TomBradyMVP12 - 10-04-2010 11:18 AM
I don't get why people are hating him. They guy made mistakes just like EVERYONE else. It's time to move on.
I posted this because it's a good read.
RE: Vick to Mora: ‘There Was Nothing You Could Do, Jim’ - Sun Tzu 7 - 10-04-2010 11:18 AM
Well as brilliant as Vick has looked the last three weeks.... I think it's safe to say we would have never seen that guy here in Atlanta.
I feel great about what we have and I enjoyed the time we had Vick... but part of me still feels cheated.
Vick was never going to put in the effort needed while he was here so the NFC Championship game was as far as we were ever going to go with him and that is just sad... on so many levels.
RE: Vick to Mora: ‘There Was Nothing You Could Do, Jim’ - karst41 - 10-04-2010 11:22 AM
The only thing that will ever get us past Vick is
a Super Bowl Victory.